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Does AA Really Help Drinkers Stop?

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Estimating the efficacy of Alcoholics Anonymous without self-selection bias: an instrumental variables re-analysis of randomized clinical trials. Humphreys K., Blodgett J.C., Wagner T.H. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research: 2014, 38(11), p. 2688–2694.
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12-step fellowships offer a way to reconcile shrunken resources with the desire to get more patients safely out of treatment. Accounting for the self-selection bias which has obscured AA’s impacts, this synthesis of US trials finds that attending more meetings after treatment boosts abstinence. Why then is research equivocal on whether promoting attendance significantly improves drink-related outcomes?